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Iraq: US airstrikes allegedly kill three Islamic State leaders

December 19, 2014
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FRANCE 24 [France]    

"US-led airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq have killed three of the group’s top leaders, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. In an interview with the newspaper, General Martin Dempsey said the senior leaders were killed in recent weeks as part of expanding effort with partner nations to combat the militants. 'These are high-value targets, senior leadership,' Dempsey told the Journal." (12/18/14)

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Pakistan: Taliban storm school, killing at least 126

December 16, 2014
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CNN CNN    

"The Taliban stormed a military-run school in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday and gunned down at least 126 people, most of them children, in one of the country's deadliest attacks in recent weeks. Hours after the attack, the Pakistani military was still exchanging gunfire with the militants inside the Army Public School and Degree College, in the violence-plagued city of Peshawar, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the country's capital, Islamabad. Two explosions were also heard. By 3 p.m. Tuesday, it was unclear how many of the hundreds of students were still inside the school." (12/16/14)

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Syria: Islamist fighters capture two regime bases

December 16, 2014
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Miami Herald    

"Al-Qaida-linked and other Islamic fighters captured two key Syrian army bases on Monday in the northwestern province of Idlib after two days of intense battles with government troops that killed dozens on both sides, activists said. The fall of the two bases -- Wadi Deif and Hamidiyeh, both located near the town of Maaret al-Numan -- is a significant blow to the Syrian army, which had managed to hold on to them for more than two years, repelling repeated attacks by an array of opposition groups." (12/15/14)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article4490023.html  

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The invasion of Panama

December 16, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Matt Peppe  

"Twenty five years ago, before dawn on December 20, 1989, U.S. forces descended on Panama City and unleashed one of the most violent, destructive terror attacks of the century. U.S. soldiers killed more people than were killed on 9/11. They systematically burned apartment buildings and shot people indiscriminately in the streets. Dead bodies were piled on top of each other; many were burned before identification. The aggression was condemned internationally, but the message was clear: the United States military was free to do whatever it wanted, whenever it wanted, and they would not be bound by ethics or laws." (12/15/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/15/the-invasion-of-panama/  

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Libya: Islamists press advance on key oil region

December 15, 2014
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Islamist fighters clashed with pro-government forces for the second consecutive day Sunday as they pressed an advance on a key oil region in eastern Libya, sources on both sides reported. Separately, at least four Fajr Libya militiamen were killed and 10 wounded in an airstrike by pro-government forces near the Ras Jedir border crossing with Tunisia, a military source said." (12/15/14)

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Afghanistan: Two US troops, 19 Afghans killed

December 15, 2014
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CNN    

"Two American soldiers and at least 19 Afghans were killed in a spate of attacks in Afghanistan Friday and Saturday, some of which were claimed by the Taliban, officials said. The violence began Friday, when a bomb explosion hit a convoy of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force troops. Two American soldiers were killed in that blast, a U.S. defense official said Saturday on condition of anonymity." (12/13/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/13/world/asia/afghanistan-violence/  

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Afghanistan: Teen bomber attacks high school

December 12, 2014
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CBS News CBS News    

"A teenage suicide bomber attacked a French-run high-school in Kabul during a music performance on Thursday, killing at least one person and wounding up to 20 in the latest attack on a foreign target in the Afghan capital amid a stepped-up Taliban insurgency. The attack took place in the amphitheater of the French Cultural Centre, which is inside the grounds of the Estiqlal High School, also known as the Lycee Estaqlal. The school is run on contract by the French government." (12/11/14)

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Mali: Major jihadist leader killed, French army says

December 12, 2014
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FRANCE 24 [France]    

"A high-ranking member of the jihadist group al Murabitoun was killed in an overnight operation conducted by French forces in northern Mali, the army said Thursday. 'Last night ... French forces conducted an operation in the Gao region in coordination with Malian authorities,' army spokesman Gilles Jaron said. Jaron said that Ahmed el Tilemsi -- who headed the group's Mali division and was wanted by the United States -- had been killed in the raid." (12/11/14)

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West Bank: Israeli troops beat Palestinian Arab politician to death

December 11, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"55-year-old Palestinian Authority cabinet minister Ziad Abu Ein was killed today during a protest march in Ramallah, when Israeli troops arrived on the scene and beat him to death. Abu Ein was choked and beaten with rifle butts during the crackdown and reportedly suffered a stroke on the scene. He was rushed to a nearby Palestinian hospital but died shortly thereafter." (12/10/14)

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Iraq: Haider appeals to US for more air power in anti-ISIS war

December 9, 2014
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Iraq appealed to visiting Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Tuesday for the United States to escalate its air war against ISIS and to provide more powerful weapons. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made the request at the start of discussions with Hagel, who insisted the outcome of the war was up to the Iraqis themselves." (12/09/14)

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Syria: Regime accuses Israel of Damascus, Dimas strikes

December 8, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"Syrian state television said on Sunday that Israeli jets had bombed areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border with Lebanon. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the conflict through a network of sources on both sides, said that 10 explosions were heard near Dimas. It said that one missile hit a warehouse for imports and exports at the Damascus international airport. An Israeli army spokesman said he would not comment on the 'foreign reports.'" (12/08/14)

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Yemen: Bomb attack targets Iranian ambassador’s residence

December 4, 2014
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"A massive vehicle bomb exploded Wednesday outside the residence of the Iranian ambassador in Yemen’s increasingly chaotic capital. The newly appointed diplomat was not in the building at the time, but at least one person was killed and several others injured, the Interior Ministry said. Some news reports, citing unidentified Yemeni officials, said as many as three people had died. The attack came amid a broad offensive by Iran-allied Shiite Muslim Houthi rebels, who have taken over the capital and set off intensified sectarian fighting across much of the country." (12/03/14)

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Iran denies airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic State targets

December 3, 2014
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Sky News [UK]    

"Iran has denied Pentagon claims that it has carried out airstrikes in neighbouring Iraq against Islamic State militants. A senior official also insisted that cooperation with the US in such attacks was out of the question. The denial comes after a Pentagon spokesman said Iran had carried out raids in eastern Iraq, but said the US had not coordinated with Tehran over the strikes." (12/03/14)

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Somalia: Four killed in attack on UN convoy

December 3, 2014
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CNN CNN    

"A car packed with explosives sped into a United Nations convoy near Mogadishu airport Wednesday morning, claiming at least four lives in the ensuing explosion, police said. Three of the dead were civilians; one was a security force member, said Police Col. Mohamed Hassan. ... No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack." (12/03/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/03/world/africa/somalia-violence/  

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UN suspends food aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees

December 2, 2014
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Program (WFP) said Monday. ... Suspension of the assistance program comes as many vulnerable Syrian families enter their fourth bleak winter in difficult living conditions after fleeing a homeland racked by conflict since March 2011." (12/01/14)

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Ukraine, Luhansk People’s Republic governments agree to ceasefire

December 2, 2014
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Ukrainian and [Luhansk People's Republic politicians] have agreed to a new ceasefire in [Luhansk People's Republic], set to begin on Friday, international observers say. The deal only affects forces facing each other in the Luhansk region. Separate ceasefire talks are under way in [the neighboring Donetsk Peope's Republic]. Heavy fighting has raged at the Donetsk airport in the past three days." (12/02/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30290690  

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Cameroon minister: Five-nation military force against Boko Haram to be operational within weeks

December 1, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"Cameroon's foreign minister says a five-country African coalition will soon be operational to fight terrorism, notably Nigeria-based Boko Haram. Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo says the force to include 3,500 soldiers from Benin, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria will be operating within weeks." (12/01/14)

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Afghanistan: Taliban kill South African family in Kabul attack

December 1, 2014
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"The latest Taliban strike in Kabul killed a South African father running an education charity and his two teenage children, a family spokeswoman said Sunday, as the city police chief resigned after a spate of attacks. With the US-led NATO war against the Taliban nearing its end, the insurgents have targeted foreign guest houses, embassy vehicles, US troops and a female member of parliament in recent weeks. Werner Groenewald, 46, his son Jean-Pierre, 17, and daughter Rode, 15, were killed in Saturday's attack on the compound of Partnership in Academics and Development (PAD), a small California-based education group." (11/30/14)

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Afghanistan: Suicide bomber targets British vehicle

November 27, 2014
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A suicide bomber attacked a British Embassy vehicle in the eastern part of the Afghan capital Thursday, killing at least five and injuring more than 30, according to law enforcement officials. It’s the latest in a spate of assaults targeting foreigners as most U.S. and international troops are preparing to withdraw by the end of the year. Authorities said the attacker detonated a car filled with explosives near the British vehicle, killing one British citizen and four Afghans." (11/27/14)

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Syria: Regime airstrikes reportedly kill dozens in Raqqa

November 26, 2014
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Syrian government warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday on the de-facto capital of the extremist group ISIS, killing at least 60 people, shattering shop fronts and setting dozens of cars ablaze, activists said. Some of the air raids struck a market near a museum and an industrial neighborhood in the city of Raqqa, causing many civilian casualties, they said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-regime monitoring group, put the death toll at more than 60, among them 36 civilians whose names it was able to document." [editor's note: As always, recall that the "Observatory" is a propaganda mill based far from Syria and its claims should be treated skeptically - TLK] (11/26/14)

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Iraq: Regime troops take two towns from Islamic State

November 25, 2014
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"raqi troops backed by Shia militiamen and Kurdish security forces recaptured two eastern towns from Islamic State group militants after fierce clashes, officials said on Monday. Police in Diyala province said Iraqi forces entered the towns of Saadiya and Jalula late on Sunday after heavy fighting with the extremist group, which controls territory in Iraq and Syria. The fighting continued on Monday, with some pockets of resistance outside the two towns, police officials said, adding that teams were defusing roadside bombs." (11/25/14)

http://www.dawn.com/news/1146713/iraqi-troops-take-two-towns-from-is  

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Afghanistan: At least six dead in market bombing

November 25, 2014
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"An improvised explosive device fixed to a motorcycle has exploded in northern Afghanistan, killing at least six people, a local official has told Al Jazeera. Monday's attack happened in the busy market of Dasht-e Archi district of Kunduz province, a provincial police spokesman said. ... The blast came a day after a suicide bombing at a volleyball tournament in Paktika province killed more than 60 people." (11/24/14)

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Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball game

November 24, 2014
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CNN CNN    

"At least 45 people were killed and 60 others were wounded Sunday after a suicide bomber attacked a crowd watching a volleyball match in the Yahyakhil district of Afghanistan's southeastern Paktika province, according to a spokesman for the governor of Paktika province." [editor's note: This is a fairly early version of the story; the number killed seems in later accounts to have reached about 50 - TLK] (11/23/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/23/world/asia/afghanistan-violence/  

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Pakistan: Six killed in 500th US drone strike

November 24, 2014
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Antiwar.com    

"A US drone destroyed a house in Mada Khel village of North Waziristan [Friday], killing six people and wounding three others. None of the slain were identified, but all were labeled 'suspects.' If that story sounds awfully familiar, it’s because it is. Today’s attack marks the 500th confirmed US drone strike outside of actual warzones, with just about 10 years worth of strikes." (11/21/14)

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Obama “secret order” expands, extends US war in Afghanistan

November 22, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"A new report coming out of the New York Times tonight reveals that President Obama has signed a secret order dramatically expanding the scope of US military operations in Afghanistan in 2015. Despite claims that the war is 'ending' at the end of 2014, the new order will ensure that US ground troops will continue to carry out direct combat operations throughout 2015, and potentially beyond." (11/21/14)

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